Use five words to say it all

If you had to make a five word speech which somehow epitimised what you’re about professionally and what you’ve achieved – what would your five words be?

A trademark of the annual Webby Awards is five-word speeches. A story in today’s New Zealand Herald reports on the best of these –
‘Unlike most awards ceremonies, The Webby Awards limits speeches to just five words, a rule that is only slightly relaxed for special achievement honorees like Bowie.

“I only get five words?” Bowie asked. He continued: “Sh*t, that was five. Four more there. That’s three,” concluding: “Two,” before exiting the stage.’

Other good ones are:
“YouTubers, this is for you.” Steve Chen and Chad Hurley, co-founders of YouTube (Webby Person of the Year)
“Fat cats need watch dogs.” OpenSecrets (Best Politics – People’s Voice)

So, five words, huh? It’s not easy to decide. Maybe … ‘ICTs can transform student learning!’ And I’ll probably think of several more creative five word speeches during the day. Help me out if you want.

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The Milestone Procrastination Blues

For those of us ‘in charge’ of an ICT Cluster all recent cognitive activity has centred around our next milestone and performance measures report. Artichoke has written a neat post about this. But before wading into the swirling currents of data, goals, reflection, analysis and interpretation, the first hurdle is that of the dreaded milestone procrastination blues. The ‘I WILL start it tomorrow’ syndrome. Why can starting be so hard to do? Apparently, people procrastinate because:

  1. Perfectionism. A person’s standard of performance may be so high for a task that it does not seem possible to meet that standard.
  2. Fear of Failure. A person may lack confidence and fear that he/she will be unable to accomplish a task successfully.
  3. Confusion. A person may be unsure about how to start a task or how it should be completed.
  4. Task Difficulty. A person may lack the skills and abilities needed to accomplish a task.
  5. Poor Motivation.
    A person may have little or no interest in completing a task because
    he/she finds the task boring or lacking in relevance.
  6. Difficulty Concentrating. A person may have too many things around that distract him/her from doing a task.
  7. Task Unpleasantness. A person may dislike doing what a task requires.
  8. Lack of Priorities. A person may have little or no sense about which tasks are most important to do.

Its easy to see how procrastination, argument and justification all fit together so … err… nicely.

For me though, the thought of a work-free holiday weekend was a powerful motivator. My milestone is all finished, checked and in the mail to the big 666 in
Wellington. Yahoo! Now, some plans for the weekend ….

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